RWC 1999 Hosted By Wales

The 1999 Rugby World Cup which was hosted by Wales, saw a change in the format as for the first time the big eight nations did not qualify automatically. Only the champions, the runners-up, the third place play-off winners from 1995 and the host nation were afforded that luxury. This meant that South Africa, New Zealand, France and Wales were assured of their places in the expanded 20-team tournament with 65 nations taking part in the qualification process for the other 16 places.

Australia beat France convincingly 35 points to 12 in a one sided final in the Millennium Stadium to become the first side to win the title twice. The tournament was dazzled by new faces in a Wallaby back line including George Gregan, Stephen Larkham, Joe Roff and Toutai Kofu with probably man of the tournament fullback Matt Burke, players who offered massive defence and silky skills in attack.


Australia's match winning try against France in 1999.

Pool Stage Qualifiers

Pool A Scotland South Africa Spain Uruguay
Pool B England Italy New Zealand Tonga
Pool C Canada France Fiji Namibia
Pool D Argentina Japan Wales Western Samoa
Pool E Australia Ireland Romania USA

Scores from the pools:

Date Venue Sides Score
1 October 1999 Stade De La Mediterranee Fiji v Namibia 67-18
1 October 1999 Millenium Stadium Wales v Argentina 23-18
2 October 1999 Netherdale Stadium Uruguay v Spain 27-15
2 October 1999 Stade De La Mediterranee France v Canada 33-20
2 October 1999 Twickenham England v Italy 67-7
2 October 1999 Lansdowne Road Ireland v USA 53-8
3 October 1999 Racecourse Ground Samoa v Japan 43-9
3 October 1999 Ashton gate New Zealand v Tonga 45-9
3 October 1999 Murrayfield South Africa v Scotland 46-29
3 October 1999 Ravenhill Australia v Romania 57-9
8 October 1999 Murrayfield Scotland v Uruguay 43-12
8 October 1999 Stade Lescure France v Namibia 47-13
9 October 1999 Millenium Stadium Wales v Japan 64-15
9 October 1999 Stade Lescure Fiji v Canada 38-22
9 October 1999 Twickenham New Zealand v England 30-16
9 October 1999 Lansdowne Road Romania v USA 27-25
10 October 1999 Stradey Park Argentina v Samoa 32-16
10 October 1999 Lansdowne Road Australia v Ireland 23-3
10 October 1999 Murrayfield South Africa v Spain 47-3
10 October 1999 Welford Road Tonga v Italy 28-25
14 October 1999 Millenium Stadium Samoa v Wales 38-31
14 October 1999 Stade Municipal Canada v Namibia 72-11
14 October 1999 Alfred meAlpine New Zealand v Italy 101-3
14 October 1999 Thomond Park Australia v USA 55-19
15 October 1999 Twickenham England v Tonga 101-10
15 October 1999 Hampden Park South Africa v Uruguay 39-3
15 October 1999 Lansdowne Road Ireland v Romania 44-14
16 October 1999 Millenium Stadium Argentina v Japan 33-12
16 October 1999 Stade Municipal France v Fiji 28-19
16 October 1999 Murrayfield Scotland v Spain 48-0
20 October 1999 Twickenham England v Fiji 45-24
20 October 1999 Murrayfield Scotland v Samoa 35-20
20 October 1999 Stade Felix Bollaert Argentina v Ireland 28-24

Quarter finals

23 October 1999 Millenium Stadium Australia v Wales 24-9
24 October 1999 Stade De France South Africa v England 44-21
24 October 1999 Lansdowne Road France v Argentina 47-26
24 October 1999 Murrayfield New Zealand v Scotland 30-18

Semi finals

30 October 1999 Twickenham Australia v South Africa 27-21
31 October 1999 Twickenham France v New Zealand 43-31

3rd place play off

4 November 1999 Millenium Stadium South Africa v New Zealand 22-18

Final

6 November 1999 Millenium Stadium Australia v France 35-12